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BaYS 2013/2014 Performances


November 6, 2013
Silver Lake Regional Middle School
260 Pembroke Street, Kingston
Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 pm

February 26, 2014
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
465 First Parish Road, Scituate

Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 pm

May 4, 2014
Location, TBA


Adult ticket prices for the BaYS concerts are $10.00. Children/Students k-12 are admitted free.

For more information, or with questions, contact Candace Kniffen at 781-749-7565 ext.32, or


Past Performance Videos


Dolce Strings
(Finlandia - Jean Sibelius and Calypso Capers
- Elliot Del Borgo)


(Selections from Indiana Jones
- John Williams)


(Dark Adventure - Ralph Ford)


(Dance of the Tumblers
- Rimsky-Korsakov)


Symphony Orchestra
(Symphony No. 1, Opus 68
- Johannes Brahms)


Symphony Orchestra
(Pictures at an Exhibition
- Modeste Mussorgsky)


Combined Ensembles Finale (March of the Meistersingers
- Richard Wagner)


Honors String Quartet
(Anton Dvorak)


Honors Woodwind Quintet
(Sir Edward Elgar)











































Youth Orchestra

Bay Youth Symphony (BaYS)

Music Director/Symphony Conductor - Jonathan Lam
Managing Director - Candace Kniffen

Artistic Advisor - Steven Karidoyanes
Repertory Conductor - Theresa Fritz

BaYS is an auditioned*, sequential youth orchestra program designed to create an opportunity for dedicated and talented young musicians, living in communities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, to perform symphonic music at a high level in a well organized and supportive orchestra program. In partnership with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, the program offers ensembles at two levels: a full orchestra for intermediate level string, wind and percussion students (Repertory), and a full orchestra for advanced string, wind and percussion students (Symphony). Artistic Advisor Steven Karidoyanes meets and rehearses with the orchestras three times per year.  Students are coached by SSC faculty members and area music educators. 

SSC private lesson students will receive a $25 discount.

Rehearsals take place at the Marshfield High School Music Suite on Wednesday evenings.
Starts September 11, 2013

Bay Youth Symphony 2013-14 Season Auditions
Submit the online audition form or Contact Managing Director Candace Kniffen or call 781-749-7565, ext. 32 to schedule an audition.

Conductor: Theresa Fritz
Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
Full Tuition: $465
Audition required

Conductor: Jonathan Lam
Wednesdays, 6-8:30 pm
Full Tuition: $490
Audition required
Tuition deposit: $200 (due by 8/1//13)
Repertory Balance due: $265 Symphony Balance due: $290
Students who study privately at SSC receive a $25 discount!
SSC student discount-Repertory Balance due: $240 SSC student discount-Symphony Balance due: $265


BaYS Symphony Audition Requirements

Strings, Woodwinds and Brass

SOLO PIECE: Piece that demonstrates student’s ability and highest technical skills. Students should demonstrate knowledge of style, expression and articulation, and shifting ability.
SCALES: Symphony students should know major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats in three octaves. Woodwinds and Brass will also be asked to play a chromatic scale in the range of their instrument. Sinfonia students should know scales up to three sharps and 3 flats in two octaves. Woodwinds and Brass students will also be asked to play a chromatic scale.
SIGHTREADING: All auditions may include a sightreading component

BaYS Faculty

BaYS Music Director/Symphony Conductor - Jonathan Lam

Jonathan Lam, Conductor, is currently serving as Music Director for the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, Music Director for the Nashoba Youth Orchestras and Music Director for the Bay Youth Symphony Program at the South Shore Conservatory.

Mr. Lam began musical studies with violin and piano at the age of six. He is a graduate of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Tufts University, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and The Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians.

At Tufts University, Mr. Lam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Quantitative Economics. While at Tufts, he was named Assistant Conductor of the Tufts Symphony and served as an Assistant Conductor for the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra and a Guest Conductor for the MetroWest Youth Symphony. Mr. Lam then enrolled at Southern Illinois University, earning his Master’s in Orchestral Conducting. During his final semester as a conducting student, he led the Southern Illinois Symphony as the Music Director went on sabbatical. During that time he successfully led performances of a Broadway musical Parade as well as working with New Orleans Jazz musician Banu Gibson and ended the semester leading the orchestra in a performance of Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

Recently, he has served as Guest Conductor for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Conductor for the Worcester Youth Orchestras, Assistant Conductor for the Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus, and has served as a cover conductor for the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra, Beverly, MA. He was an Adjudicator for the 2010 MICCA Solo and Ensemble Festival.

As a violinist, he has played in numerous orchestras in the US and Canada, including the violin and viola sections of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and served as Assistant Principal Viola in the Paducah Symphony (KY).

In January of 2011, Mr. Lam led the MMEA Western District Senior Festival Orchestra. Mr. Lam will also lead the CMEA Northern Region Middle School Orchestra in Burlington, CT in March, 2011.


BaYS Repertory Conductor - Theresa Fritz

A native of Boston, Theresa is currently the Elementary String Specialist for the Pembroke, MA Public Schools. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Rochester, and her Masters in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to her career as an educator, she has adjudicated SEMSBA and MMEA Southeast District auditions, and she was the 2010 Jr. District Orchestra Assistant Manager and 2011 Jr. District Orchestra Manager. Theresa continues to perform in several orchestras throughout the Boston area including the Cape Ann, Quincy, and Melrose Symphony Orchestras, Parkway Concert Orchestra and the Quincy Bay Chamber Orchestra



BaYS Managing Director- Candace Kniffen

Ms. Kniffen earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She taught Strings and served as Orchestra Director for the Marshfield Public Schools from 1971 until her retirement in 2006. She was also Marshfield's K-12 Director of Music from 1992 until her retirement. She has managed Jr. and Sr. District and All-State Orchestras, and has managed and conducted Festival Orchestras for SEMSBA. A violinist, she plays with the Mayflower String Quartet, and has played with the Hingham Symphony and the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestras. Ms. Kniffen is also the Program Manager for South Shore Conservatory's new children's choruses, Pure Treble and Pure Harmony. When not working for the Conservatory, she is busy enjoying her four grandchildren.


BaYS Artistic Advisor - Steven Karidoyanes

In his 18th season as Conductor of the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Karidoyanes earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston University and received training in orchestral conducting at the Canford School of Music in Dorset, England where he studied with the renowned British conducting coach, George Hurst. Mr. Karidoyanes is also the Conductor of Masterworks Chorale and the New England Conservatory Youth Symphony. He has served on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and on the conducting faculty of the New England Conservatory. He has been the Music Director of the Boston College Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestras, and Assistant Conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He is also a regular fill-in announcer for WGBH Boston's classical music radio service, 99.5 All-Classical, and a composer whose music has been performed throughout this country, Italy, Greece and Australia.



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